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Yellow Bellied Sapsucker & Downy Woodpecker

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A female Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker and a male Downy Woodpecker were both spotted in trees across the street here on December 30, 2014.  I really get thrilled seeing the smaller woodpeckers!  Doesn’t that sapsucker blend in well with the tree trunk?  Both little woodpeckers were happily finding insects in the bark of several of the trees here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!  Happy New Year!

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A Juvenile Sapsucker!

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This is a young Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, probably a female.  This juvenile was with several other woodpeckers and small songbirds that quickly flew from tree to tree, all down the street here yesterday morning.  The juvenile has no red at all. Adults have a bit of red on their head.  Males are brighter with more red areas.  Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have, like their name implies, a yellow chest.

This sapsucker is likely a Winter migrant.  Here in Marion County, Florida, we are seeing more birds arriving from Northern states.  I am excited to see which birds will visit!  The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker drills holes in trees and drinks the juicy sap.  They also eat insects but depend on sap quite a bit.  I took these pictures on December 1, 2013 from street in front of my home.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see each larger photo of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  Enjoy!

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